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10 Worst Political Quotes of 2012

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1. “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. [...] My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

–Fmr. Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney

The other quotes in the top ten are amusing, but perhaps none was as critically damaging as this one — the quote that sealed Mitt Romney’s fate.

The Obama campaign spent most of the summer portraying Romney as an out-of-touch plutocrat who looked down on people with less than a few million dollars in the bank. Then Romney came along and confirmed it, writing off nearly half of the country with sneering dismissal, claiming that the poor took no personal responsibility, and that they were ungrateful for wanting to be able to eat, or have shelter against the cold or not die of cancer.

Mitt said, flatly, that those people didn’t matter. What mattered were the makers — the people who were smart enough to be born to rich, well-connected parents. They poor would learn to take responsibility for themselves by starving and freezing to death; the rich, meanwhile, would demonstrate the kind of responsible stewardship they showed when they destroyed the economy in 2008.

It was a breathtakingly awful statement, one culled from the darkest corners of Ayn Rand novels. It proved that Mitt was not on the side of anyone but those who were already successful.

In a grand moment of irony, Mitt Romney ended up taking 47 percent of the vote in November. It turns out that most Americans recognize that personal responsibility is important, but that it’s also reasonable for society to help those in need. Romney still doesn’t get this — his post-election diatribe in which he blamed Obama for giving away “free stuff” proves it — but it doesn’t matter. Romney never will be president whether he ever really wanted to or not.

 

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5:28PM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

Lolz politics.

1:16PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

some of these were just so ignorant it was almost painful

12:10PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Hey everybody. Just wanted to know why we're all arguing? Believe it or not some of us like to read these comments for an actual response to the argument, but arguments in the comments section make that difficult for us to do. If you disagree with someone, think inside your head "wow. I completely disagree and this person may well be a total idiot." If you agree, send them a star. If that doesn't suffice, tell a family member what you're thinking, or at very most shoot that person a message telling them what you think of them. But the rest of us innocent internet folks do not wish to be caught in your crossfire. We're all adults here (except me, I'm only 18) so please act like it. Please and thank you --Imani

5:42PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

As usual rhetoric, 0 substance, debate your insanity any day Toby.

12:23AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Kevin, David reminds me of a Sheriff we used to have who would dispense justice with his fist. In fact he beat a man to death in the jail and got away with it. To many in my R community that act just saved a trial. Shortly after that it was discovered that a two or three year streak of burglarlies was actually our entire police force who had the same mindset...to take what they wanted... from anyone (except their friends).

Those are the good old days to David... prior to all those socialists that want fair trials and the like. I believe he really thinks we must return to those days, by any means necessary.

10:22PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Yes David, and there was a time where your posts made sense and were worthy of a detailed response. Unfortunately that time appears to have passed.

8:01PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

David F., I can't help myself; I simply must say this. How many times does Kevin B. have to explain things to you? After a while, it just gets old and obviously, it's not sinking in anyway.

5:49PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Kevin, there was a time when you would explain why I’m wrong, not just say I’m wrong.

3:20PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Where did politicians go to school? And what planet do they live on? Because it's obvious that they are not "one of us."

3:04PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

David F.- You lost the November presidential elections and all of your posturing and outrgeous nonsensical pontificating and blustering does not change that simple fact (oh and watch it with the nasty mouth when you talk to Pam).

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